Bellaire Rabbi's Religious Freedom Rights Upheld

Nov 21, 2013, 10:00 ET from Liberty Institute

Attorneys Get City Officials to Dismiss Citation, Allowing Continuance of Religious Meetings at Bellaire Jewish Center

BELLAIRE, Texas, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Liberty Institute is pleased to announce a victory in protecting the religious freedom of a small Houston, TX-area Jewish center. 


In October, Rabbi Gavriel Jacknin of the Bellaire Jewish Center contacted Liberty Institute for legal assistance after the City of Bellaire issued him a written citation for holding small religious meetings in his home for 5 to 15 people. After Liberty Institute and the Center's local attorney Richard Grimes met with city officials last week, the city officials dismissed the citation, acknowledging that Rabbi Jacknin had done nothing inappropriate and that he can continue holding his religious meetings.

"We are very pleased that the city of Bellaire recognized Rabbi Jacknin's religious liberty rights and that the city dismissed the unnecessary citation," said Liberty Institute Attorney Justin Butterfield.

Rabbi Jacknin said, "We are thankful that the Liberty Institute stepped in to assist us in resolving the confusion that existed in Bellaire regarding the Bellaire Jewish Center and to protect our religious freedom."

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